How to Choose a Tuxedo That Suits Your Body Type
Select a smart and flattering wedding look for the groom and his groomsmen
By Cynthia Myers
Grooms may think they have the easy choice when it comes to dressing for their wedding. They rent or buy a tuxedo, while the bride-to-be agonizes between dozens or even hundreds of wedding gowns. But guys shouldn't take the choice of tuxedo for granted. As he waits for his bride to come down the aisle, all eyes will be on him. The right tuxedo will help any groom look his best.
- What You Need to Know
- Stand in front of a full-length mirror and assess your body. What's your best feature? What part of yourself would you like to downplay? Be honest with yourself. The answers to these questions will help you make the best choices.
Before you head out into the dizzying and sometimes confusing choices offered at the store, decide on a couple of design features you're looking for. If you're of average height and build, you'll probably look good in any kind of tux, so decide if you want the classic look of a single-breasted jacket with a shawl collar or a double-breasted jacket with a notched collar. If you're tall and thin, a double-breasted jacket adds fullness. But a double-breasted jacket can also camouflage a thick waist. If you're stocky through the shoulders and waist, choose a single-breasted jacket with a shawl collar. Shorter men should opt for a jacket with a single button, while tall men should choose two buttons. If you're slight, padded shoulders will be flattering, but if you're muscular, avoid extra padding.
Head to the store. Plan to devote a couple of hours to the task of selecting and ordering the right tuxedo. Explain to the sales clerk what you're looking for and ask to see several suits. The clerk should measure you for the best fit.
Try each tuxedo on in front of the mirror. Wear the shoes you plan to wear to the wedding. Does the tux fit properly? Standing straight, with your hands at your sides, the bottom of the jacket should be even with your fingertips and approximately one inch of your shirt cuffs should show. You should be able to move comfortably in the jacket and trousers. The jacket shouldn't gap open.
When you've found the best choice, ask about tailoring. An adjustment here and there can make a good fit great. Sleeves and trousers should be hemmed to the correct length. The pants should be hemmed as long as possible, angled in the back.
Choose your accessories. Again, consider your body type. Stocky men should avoid cummerbunds, which will emphasize the thickest part of the body. Short men should avoid these as well because an unbroken line of white shirt will make them look taller. Men with thick or muscular necks don't look their best in high-collared shirts or very skinny ties. The right accessories combined with the right tuxedo will insure that the bride isn't the only one garnering approving looks on your big day.
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Cynthia James is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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